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XcelleNet Takes Top Spot in Mobile Device Management Leadership Grid; Superior Technology, Device and Standard Support Cited by IDC

XcelleNet, Inc., the leading provider of management solutions for remote systems and mobile & wireless devices, today announced that IDC, one of the industry's premier market intelligence and advisory firm, named XcelleNet a leader in mobile device management (MDM) with the company’s top placement in the MDM Leadership Grid. XcelleNet’s sophisticated technology and comprehensive device and wireless standard support were cited in IDC’s opinion of XcelleNet’s MDM industry leading position.

“XcelleNet’s experience, product breadth, and coverage across both laptop and handheld management solutions put the company in a strong leadership position,” said Stephen Drake, research manager, IDC. “XcelleNet, as one of the first to market in the mobile systems management space, offers broad coverage with its Afaria product through the number of devices supported, management capabilities, connection methods and network support. XcelleNet has a clear strategic focus with Afaria and a growing network of diverse partnerships and OEM and direct sales customers.”

A copy of Drake’s report can be obtained at http://www.afaria.com/go/mobileforecast. According to IDC, the MDM market is primed to take off. The growth in the number and importance of mobile workers in business and their growing reliance on handheld devices are driving a critical need to provide management software optimised for the disconnected and wireless world.

The mobile device management market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49.9 percent from $83.2 million in 2000 to $629.4 million in 2005, according to IDC. The U.S., Western Europe and Latin America are expected to have 31.3 million mobile workers in 2001 and to reach almost 60 million in 2004.

Worldwide mobile middleware software revenue and services are expected to reach $1.47 billion in 2005. The smart handheld device market is expected to grow to more than 63 million units worldwide in 2004.

“XcelleNet pioneered the mobile device management industry and has worked hard to make sure that organisations supporting mobile workers have a complete set of tools to manage this rapidly-growing segment of the enterprise,” said Joan Herbig, CEO of XcelleNet. “We are proud that our hard work has been recognised by IDC in their Leadership Grid.”

According to IDC, the mobile device management Leadership Grid provides a qualitative comparison of the suppliers in the mobile and remote systems management market. Each vendor’s position is based on two factors: the ability to gain market share and their alignment with future market opportunities.


The Mobile Device Management Challenge

According to IDC, over the next five years growth is expected to skyrocket in three key areas of mobile device management: 1) The number and type of mobile devices; 2) The mobile middleware software platforms delivering these applications to wireless devices; 3) The services surrounding these devices and applications.

Mobile device management features include maintaining PC hardware and software inventories, performing software distribution, managing anti-virus scan files, enabling remote control for systems diagnostics.

Functions required for the wireless worker include support for queued event architecture, online optimisation through compression and checkpoint restart, background performance of management features, automated offline completion of inventory and anti-virus scans and software installation, targeted backups, directory services integration.


The Afaria Mobile Device Management Solution

Afaria enables enterprises to implement business processes that depend on data exchange between traditional LAN-based computing resources and wireless devices used by mobile workers, no matter where they are located. With Afaria, IT can rely on a single point of management for all mobile and wireless resources, including laptops, PDAs, Symbian devices and smart phones and interactive pagers like RIM’s Blackberry. Afaria benefits wireless end-users and IT managers by:

· Reducing the costs associated with implementing and maintaining wireless handheld devices

· Tracking hardware and software information for faster problem resolution

· Delivering, installing and maintaining mission-critical applications

· Exchanging key enterprise data between wireless devices and back-end systems

· Protecting valuable enterprise information by encrypting data and authenticating users

No other company offers XcelleNet’s technology sophistication and complete client and connectivity support. XcelleNet’s Afaria supports the Palm 3.x OS, Palm VII, WinCE and Pocket PC, RIM Blackberry, and Symbian EPOC R5/R6. Among the connectivity solutions that Afaria supports are CDPD, Mobitex (Native/Palm.Net, Broadbeam), GSM, CDMA, ARDIS/Motient and Ricochet.

For more information on IDC's Wireless and Mobile Enterprise Access research programme, please contact Stephen Drake at sdrake@idc.com.


About IDC

IDC is the foremost global market intelligence and advisory firm helping clients gain insight into technology and ebusiness trends to develop sound business strategies. Using a combination of rigorous primary research, in-depth analysis, and client interaction, IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends to deliver dependable service and client advice. More than 700 analysts in 43 countries provide global research with local content. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT suppliers, IT organizations, ebusiness companies and the financial community. Additional information can be found at www.idc.com. IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company.

About XcelleNet

XcelleNet, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise solutions for managing remote systems and mobile & wireless devices. For more than 14 years, the company has been a pioneer in meeting the challenges of securely delivering and maintaining mission-critical applications and content to remote locations with its flagship product, RemoteWareÒ. Today companies around the world use RemoteWare to manage kiosks, retail and restaurant store systems, branch office networks, and other remote systems.

Leveraging remote expertise and award-winning technology, in May 2000 XcelleNet introduced AfariaÔ , a device management solution designed to address the problems enterprises face as a result of the explosive growth of the mobile & wireless economy. Afaria provides the most comprehensive management functionality available for organizations deploying large numbers of mobile devices, including laptops, PocketPCs, Palm Handhelds, RIM Blackberrys, and Symbian devices and smart phones.

XcelleNet serves some 2,500 customers worldwide in a broad range of industries such as pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, insurance, financial services and manufacturing. The company’s solutions reduce total cost of ownership of remote or mobile deployments, accelerate end-user productivity and ensure the availability and reliability of corporate applications and information to an organization’s remote and mobile workforce. More information is available at http://www.XcelleNet.com and http://www.Afaria.com.


XcelleNet is a trademark of XcelleNet, Inc. Afaria is a trademark of Afaria, Inc. – an XcelleNet affiliate. XcelleNet and Afaria make no claims of ownership to all other products and company names mentioned herein which may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Editor’s Contacts:
Claire Adam/Natalie Johnson
MCC International Ltd
Tel: 01962 888100
E: claire.adam@mccint.com
E: natalie.johnson@mccint.com

Yad Jaura
XcelleNet
Tel: 020 8538 5826
E: yad.jaura@xcellenet.com


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